Thursday, January 10, 2013

Governor Brown's Budget Avoids Cuts, Resists Restorations

Governor Jerry Brown has declared an end to the era of state budget deficits, with a budget that hikes spending on education and holds the line against any more cuts to social service programs. Brown says his budget proposal will increase spending on public schools, with a focus on those with large numbers of English language learners and students from poor families. The budget also hikes spending on higher education, but some advocates for the poor want the state to also start restoring past cuts to health and welfare programs. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.